If any man have an ear, let him hear.

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with he sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience, and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:9 & 10)

Do you wait for justice?

I once spoke with a man who was trying to connvince himself there is no hell. I asked him ‘What about all of the horrible things that happen in this world? What about genocides, murders, and tortures.’ I was actually going somewhere else with my line of this question (or meaning to), but his response struck the core of the issue, he said:

“I hope there’s justice. I really do.”

Unfortunately it seems that this gentleman had been hurt, disillusioned, or put off in some way from a church group that he and I had initially met at. He seemed to associate me with that group (though my own involvement there may well have been similar to his own) and was not interested in speaking with me further.

If any man have an ear, let him hear.

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword mus tbe killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This verse is found in the context of the telling of last day events; the antichrist kingdom is given power over all the ‘kindreds, and tongues and nations.’ It will have been given power to make war forty-two months.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. And power was given unto him over all kindreds, and tongues and nations.

In the midst of this foretelling vision, the above statement is made: ‘He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience, and faith of the saints.’

The scriptures of Truth declare to us here that even where unbridled tyranny exists in the world, there shall indeed be justice. For anyone who leads into captivity [injustly] shall himself be justly led into captivity. He who murders, and commits acts of violence against man shalll be punished by the sword of the Son of man. Every act of depravity, and violence will be met with its just reward, as it is elsewhere written:

Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Rom. 12:19b)

There is a captivity reserved for the takers-of-captives; there is a sword coming for those who live by violence. In this you can rest assured in faith.

One may ask: “How could a God of love create hell?” I don’t intend to degrade any with discussions, or descriptions of the violence, and perversion of man, but in light of it, I would ask: “How could a God of love NOT eternally punish those who have made the lives of innocent children hell on earth?”

If God is a God of love, there must be punishment for the wicked, even as it is written. God reminds us of this in one of the most frightening passages of scripture. There is a coming earthly kingdom of tyranny, which will be over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations, which will make war on the righteous, to whom it is given to overcome them. Yet He says to us:

If any man have an ear, let him hear.

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity; he that killeth with the sword mus tbe killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

‘If any man have an ear let him hear.’ Now let all men hear this message, both the righteous and the evil. Let i tbe a warning to tyrants, and to the violent that their own ways will be turned upon them, and they will be carried away captive to the lake of fire where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:44) Let it be a warning to those who kill that they will be killed of the second death.

And let the captives in this life, and those harmed by violence know that justice will be done.

This is affirmed elsewhere; before this part of the vision, John the Revelator saw the souls of those who had been martyred for their faith:

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood upon them that dwell on the earth?

And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren which should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

We are told that when Christ returns at the seventh trumpet, He will indeed judge the living, and the dead:

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them that destroy [or ‘corrupt’] the earth. (Rev. 11:18)

There is, indeed, a hell; a place of captivity and of torment for the wicked.

You and I are guilty of wickedness; all have sinned against God. In fact, the scriptures say:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10-12)

We all have corrupted the earth with our sin. Even those sins we think harm no one but ourselves – even these corrupt this world with wickedness; corrupt God’s creation with evil.

The just penalty for our wickedness is death, even captivity and the sword. Our sin leads to death.

And here was the point I intended to make to the gentleman I spoke with: We may not be evil as tyrants, and murderers, yet it is our sin which enables such things to occur in this world.

Of the end of days, and of the antichrist kingdom, it is declared:

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Rev. 13:8)

Alll who live on the earth will follow along with this bloody tyrant, and all of them will be guilty whether they actively, or passively participated in its persecutions of the righteous. Yet, while I believe these are true future events foretold in scripture, they are also the personification of this princicple:

You and I are participants in wickedness whether we commit great evil, or only what we might like to view as little evil. We tend to justify ourselves, but our sins are active participation in the temporal system which stands against justice.

Would you be on the side of justice?

Jesus Christ died to wash us from our sins in His own blood. Just as it is the shedding of blood that must be punished, mankiind shed the blood of the Son of God when He came. The only perfectly innocent Person was killed by the kingdoms of men, as it is written:

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers took counsel together against the Lord, and against his Christ. (Acts 4:26)

They took Him captive, they scourged Him, and they murdered Him though He was without sin.

And in this, because He knew no sin, He could take our sin upon Himself as our sacrifice; and willingly He laid down His life, so that whoever believes in Him need not perish, but will receive eternl life.

This was all done because God does not want to take you captive to the lake of fire, and does not desire to kill you with the second death. Though you have sined, yet God seeks to make ammends that He need not carry out His justice upon your sins. God desires to be reconciled with you, just as it is written:

To wit, tha tGod was in Christt, reconciling the world unto hmself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation [that is, this message of the Gospel, so that you might believe in Christ and so be saved]

Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

For he hath made Him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness sof God in Him. (2 Corinthians 4:19-21)

I beseech you with the author of this passage: Put faith in Jesus Christ, renounce your sins and turn away from them.

Be reconciled to God.